a traveler from Travelocity.com
on November 15, 2007
The hotel rooms used to be old and dated (see my review from 2006). All of the rooms have been renovated to the new Marriott Revive rooms. The lobby is still the same & looks a little worn. I had an excellent room on the top executive floor, facing the back of the hotel which overlooked the courtyard and residential area below. The bathroom had a granite sink counter and nice shower. The room had brand new carpet, flat panel LCD TV, very comfortable bed, digital A/C and heat, digital alarm clock with CD, Internet on TV as well as wireless (for a fee).
If you have access, the executive lounge is nice and spacious. It's on the top floor with a nice view of Leidseplein and the little Amsterdam "skyline". Free drinks & snacks.
The location of the hotel is in the nicer, safer, part of Amsterdam, in the Leidseplein area which has a lot of hip bars, clubs, and good restaurants. The Museums (Van Gogh, Rijks, Rembrant) are a short walk. You need to take a short train ride to get to Central Station and the Red Light District area. Anne Frank house also requires a train ride and some walking. Taxis in Amsterdam are not necesarry, they are expensive, most taxis are Mercedes or BMWs and very comfortable. From Central Station take train line 2, or 5 to get to the hotel. The train stop is right in front of the hotel. Rest. & Room Svc. is not great
The service at the Marriott is a little slow sometimes. They do not seem to be adequately staffed at the front desk. It is expensive to stay here, but Amsterdam is expensive unless you want to stay in a hostel, or go in the middle of winter.
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